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Photo Friday: Pittsburgh pit stop

Sorry, folks. I haven’t been blogging as much as I should lately. Life became chaotic in the last month as I moved out of the two-bedroom apartment I shared with one of my best friends in Alexandria, Va., back to my home state, the ever lovely Michigan.

My wonderful mother — to whom I am forever grateful for her practically-professional packing skills — drove down to the Washington, D.C., area from Metro Detroit to help me with the move. We loaded up our cars and sent my furniture off to storage. Then, we made the 10-hour drive back to the Mitten.

It can be a wicked drive in one stretch. You’ve got curves and hills to negotiate through Pennsylvania, and then the Ohio turnpike seems to never end.

So, to save our sanity, I decided to break up the drive with a pit stop in Pittsburgh. A big shout out to the Neubergers for putting us up for the night and the directions to the Duquesne Incline. I told our hosts — one of my former roommate’s parents — that I wanted to do one quintessential touristy thing in Steel City before hitting the road.

The historic cable car ride provided simply stunning panoramic views of Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle skyscrapers, Heinz Field, PNC Park (now I’d really like to see a Pirates V. Tigers game there), the three rivers, bridges and the surrounding countryside. With the fall foliage, it was absolutely beautiful.

Riding the Duquesne Incline up Mount Vernon! (Instagram photo.)

Riding the Duquesne Incline up Mount Vernon! (Instagram photo.)

The incline ride only cost $5 round trip. It’s such a bargain for the iconic bird’s-eye vantage point above Steel City.

The Pittsburgh view from inside the incline.

The Pittsburgh view from inside the incline.

At the upper station, there are photos and displays about the incline’s and the city’s history. You can also take in the city’s sights from the public observation deck.

Steel City skyline panorama from the Duquesne Incline's free public observation deck.

Steel City skyline panorama from the Duquesne Incline’s free public observation deck.

Atop Mount Vernon, there are several restaurants along Grandview Avenue. Most are rather pricey and open only for dinner. For a more casual lunch in view of the skyline, check out the Georgetowne Inn (currently closed but set to reopen in February 2014, I was told by a Duquesne Incline worker) or the Grandview Saloon, which has floor-to-ceiling windows.

Instagram shot of downtown Pittsburgh from lunch at the Grandview Saloon.

Instagram shot of downtown Pittsburgh from lunch at the Grandview Saloon.

"The Mon" and the Golden Triangle in Pittsburgh

“The Mon” and the Golden Triangle in Pittsburgh (Instagram photo)

Another life update: I quit my job as managing editor of The Prince George’s Sentinel. It’s time for a new chapter full of more travels and writing the stories I want to tell. I’m still working for The Sentinel, but in a new capacity as travel editor. This week I wrote an article about the historic Duquesne Incline.

Here I am freezing on the public observation deck of the Duquesne Incline. It was late October and we spotted snow flakes, so dress warm! (Photo by Lynda Klema.)

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Wish you were here,

Erin

P.S. Don’t forget to follow along with my travels as they happen! Find me on Twitter and Instagram as @erinklema. I’m headed to the horse capital — Lexington, Ky. — next weekend!

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Congrats on the move! Looking forward to new travel and new inspiration!

    November 20, 2013

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